Fair Winds Sailing Greece is located in Corfu Island which is considered one of the finest destinations in the Med. The town of Corfu has been characterized by the vast majority of visitors as cosmopolitan, picturesque and fascinating. Its old part is an UNESCO world heritage site with many historic monuments within stunning natural surroundings. The Old Fortress of Corfu is a masterpiece of architectural art, a jewel in the Ionian Sea.
Greece, Ionian Sea
The sea around Corfu is called “Ionian Sea” and separates the Greek and Italian mainlands. No other place in the world can offer the sailing options that the Ionian Sea offers. The west Greek mainland and the Ionian Islands form an extensive coastline that provides countless protected bays and beaches of rare beauty, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. During the sailing period, the north-west prevailing winds (maisto) in the Ionian Sea are by far gentler than the north east prevailing winds (meltemi) in the Aegean Sea.
Who we are
The founder and lead instructor of “Fair Winds Sailing – Greece” is Dimitris Bampakos, a former Captain of the Greek Navy and an American Sailing Association Instructor who has sailed more than 100,000 miles all over the world. When serving in Virginia, he cruised and raced in Chesapeake Bay, as well as, in the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean becoming a proud member Patriot Sailing and BBSA. Since then he has taught sailing, seamanship and navigation providing ASA certifications.
We plan our weekly cruises to combine recreation with training. We also plan to visit a different place every day, stopping for swimming in protected bays and beaches. Most evenings will be docked ashore, or day in anchor, around 7:00pm. Customized requests such as private cruises, couple courses and luxury yacht sailing can be arranged.
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Other Services Available
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Vacation Charters
Fair Winds Sailing Greece
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